Friday, July 3, 2009

Max Blumenthal, Self-Hating Israel-Basher, Dishes 'Scandal' Smear Over Palin Resignation

Recall my previous entry on Max Blumenthal, "Despicable: Huffington Post Equates Iran Neda Murderers to Israel." This guy is way over on the left of the spectrum, and his screed asserting moral equivalence between Israel and Iran was widely condemned.

Now here comes Blumenthal dishing up allegations of "scandal" surrounding Sarah Palin's resignation today. See, "
Did a Scandal Sink the U.S.S. Palin?":
CNN and other major news outlets have reported that Sarah Palin has abruptly resigned as governor of Alaska. The suddenness of her announcement raises the question about whether Palin resigned to avert a major scandal. One logical place to start looking is the affair that has Alaska political circles buzzing: an alleged scandal centered around a building contractor, Spenard Building Supplies, with close ties to Palin and her husband, Todd.

Many political observers in Alaska are fixated on rumors that federal investigators have been seizing paperwork from SBS in recent months, searching for evidence that Palin and her husband Todd steered lucrative contracts to the well-connected company in exchange for gifts like the construction of their home on pristine Lake Lucille in 2002. The home was built just two months before Palin began campaigning for governor, a job which would have provided her enhanced power to grant building contracts in the wide-open state.
There's nothing here to indicate scandal. It's all speculation. Not even one person speaking on the record. But this muckraking trash will take off on the left, where scandal-hounds are looking for blood. Think Progress is citing Blumenthal in its piece on Palin's "yet-to-be-disclosed corruption scandal." Earlier, Josh Marshall was tripping over himself with speculation:
Palin is a wildly unethical public official, guilty at a minimum of numerous instances of abusing her authority as governor. And a lot of very damaging information has come out about her in the last few days - though mainly embarrassing information about her character rather than new evidence of bad acts.
Exactly. And even less so, actually, since the "embarrassing information" is the baseless attack fodder and lawsuits that left-wing enemies have lobbed at the Alaska Governor. This is "the politics of personal destruction" that Sarah Palin mentioned today in her announcement today.

Even Adam Nagourney and Jim Ruttenberg's piece today
at the New York Times showed a decent level of circumspection and restraint in report on Palin's resignation (and the Old Gray Lady is hardly above the politics of personal destruction itself).

But restraint is the last thing we should expect from Max Blumenthal and the leftist smear merchant at Think Progress, Talking Points Memo and the other cesspool scum pits of the left's bottomless attack media.

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Law and Order Teacher said...

How about she is fed up with the attacks on her family and she wants to take a deep breath and decide if this is all worth it. I would do the same.

I hope she decides to run, but I wouldn't blame her if she didn't. This is some poisonous stuff. Shame on these cretins.